Actor Hanna Rose May shares terrifying story of Apple AirTags being used to track her at Disneyland

The tech giant has updated security, but the devices are still being used for harm.
The tech giant has updated security, but the devices are still being used for harm. Photo credit: Getty Images

Actor Hannah Rose May has taken to social media to share the horrifying story of how an Apple AirTag was illicitly used to track her for hours at Disneyland.

The Ballers and Altered Carbon star revealed the coin-sized device was placed on her during an after-hours event at the theme park over the weekend.

"I got a 'Find My' notification at the end of the night that I didn't think anything of but opened it anyway and it turned out to be this… someone had been tracking me for two hours," she wrote, including a picture of the notification.

A map then showed when the AirTag had begun tracking her, up to the point where she received the safety alert and could disable it.

"Fortunately for me, I was able to disable it right before driving home. And I never wandered alone, to get a drink or use the bathroom. I stayed with a group," May continued.

"It's scary how easy they are to slip into a pocket or purse. Originally created to locate your keys it's evident they are being used for more bad than good.

"The happiest place on earth could of very easily turned into my worst nightmare [sic]."

She also shared her experience on Instagram, prompting "numerous DMs" from others who had also discovered AirTags on them.

"This clearly isn't uncommon, especially in LA. Stay safe everyone. Be diligent.

"I'm glad more people know what to look for. As technology continues to evolve, I'm worried this kind of situation is going to become a recurring problem. It's important we all stay vigilant on how tech can be misused," she concluded.

Ever since their launch last year, AirTags have proved controversial. Despite offering similar functionality to GPS devices from the likes of Tile and Samsung, along with better protections against illicit tracking, the devices have been a popular choice to do so.

Last month a woman in the United States was charged with murder after running him over oustide a bar with her car. She had tracked him there using an AirTag she had secured on him.

Just a few days before, a policeman in Miami was suspended and arrested after using them to stalk his ex-girlfriend.

Apple has increased the security of the devices since launch, including making warning tones louder, sending notifications that alert people when an AirTag unlinked to their account is near, and the release of an Android app to search for them.

Earlier this year Apple said unwanted tracking was a long-term issue in society and it had taken concerns seriously with the AirTag's design.

"We have seen reports of bad actors attempting to misuse AirTag for malicious or criminal purposes," the company said.

"Through our own evaluations and these discussions, we have identified even more ways we can update AirTag safety warnings and help guard against further unwanted tracking.

"We have successfully partnered with [police] on cases where information we provided has been used to trace an AirTag back to the perpetrator, who was then apprehended and charged."